Power of One Voice!

Women have tremendous power but WE have not utilized it to make effective changes in this world.  We depend on others. It took White women over 100 years to earn the right to vote in this country, and Black women did not gain that privilege until 1965. As a modern professional women I wonder why we cannot band together to implement changes that affect our health and the well-being of our families?  

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There are more women than men in this world, and we continue to let men control too many aspects of our lives.  This includes rights about health, abortion, equal wages, child support, gun control, police reform and professional growth.   This has got to stop!   

Traditionally men in this country have had all the power, and pushed their will on others to ensure they have the upper hand to control how we all live by creating laws that benefit themselves.   Society norms have dictated how boys and girls are socialized.  Men were seen as the providers and women where the caregivers.   This social norm has been obsolete for many years but this society still lives under this umbrella. 

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Ask yourself who is it serving?   Many women have forgotten how much power they have until much later in life.   With that said, little girls learn they have power, as they try to manipulate their fathers to get what they want, and they succeed.

If women can band together to get a governor or a senator to resign, why not band together to ensure all have equal rights as stated in the US constitution? Some women do not believe they have a voice to make these sweeping changes in society, because they are either afraid, do not care, or content with others making decisions for them because of their dependence.   Others are so busy trying to make a living and taking care of their children they do not have the time, but would greatly benefit from these sweeping changes.

Women can band together to make this happen, no matter your political party.

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It is time you use your power to make a difference in your life and the future of your children. Some of you are sitting on the side lines and aren’t even engaged in the political process. Its time! Get off the side lines and at least get informed.

We need you. You can not let others make decisions for you and your family. We have things to do!

Misinformation..

Misinformation is a cancer that is dangerous in every way and some continue to consume inaccurate information daily from others via the news and the internet.   No one wants to validate facts but just pass on the information they believe is credible.   I must admit I have done it myself but as a new PhD, scholar, I must validate all my facts or my credibility is nothing,

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I was in the airport listening to a women giving her granddaughter the 4-1-1 about wearing a mask.  She said the mask was bad to wear, it would affect her lungs and may make her ill. I am a registered nurse, I could not let that conversation continue, so I jumped in.  The conversation was triggering and really irritating to hear.

I told her nurses wear N95 mask all day long, how is the information she was telling her granddaughter correct?  Furthermore, children are taking the COVID variant home to their parents.  Her daughter stated “I wore a mask and caught COVID”. Nothing is 100% but the bottom line wear a mask, and wash your hands!!  Do your part and reduce transmission. 

Healthcare staff are tired and weary will not be there when you go to the hospital for other issues. Please validate your facts before you pass them on!

To stay well, continue to utilize preventative measures, that is all we have to mitigate this virus.

The Art of Cooking

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I was cleaning my kitchen yesterday and to my amazement I found at least 10 cookbooks. Cooking has never been my forte. I have an interest but never really mastered the art of good cooking, even though it was a task I did everyday.

Just recently I have taken an interest in cooking with spices and herbs to enhance the taste of food. Staying home and actually having to cook for myself during the pandemic has sparked this new interest. In fact, my children make fun of my cooking, but boldly state that I can make a great sandwich. They were not over weight children, and were feed nourishing and healthy meals.

I now realize cooking can be joyful and fun. You can modify ingredients to ensure your food is healthy and tantalizing. I admit I am not a great cook but I can appreciate one. Cooking and entertaining promotes family bonding and friendships, especially in the south where everything revolves around good food. I know we all miss picnics, Sunday dinners and bar-b-ques, as well as other family gatherings.

Appreciate the good cooks in your family and master a special recipe so when you meet again you have something to share.

Bon Appetit!

Poll Finds Most Americans Believe Nurses Are Underpaid…

What do you say?

Nurses are part of the healthcare system and remain nonpartisan when providing care for others, no matter what they believe.

Unlike other disciplines in healthcare, nurses do not create revenue for hospitals and clinics but they can not run these entities without them.

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Nurses are highly skilled but remain under appreciated. We work long hours, short staffed and are abused by both patients and others in healthcare. Many believe a nurses is nurse, but we have specialties just as physicians.

However, nurses can make more money than other women in female dominated professions, but it does depend on location and type of nursing that is practiced. In recent years nursing salaries have decreased, for whatever reason. In fact hospitals in recent years have mandated their entire nursing management workforce to reapply for their jobs to weed out high earners and those with longevity. As a result, nurses with less experience at a lower salary are hired as a replacement.

Currently nursing is experiencing a shortage. Many hospitals are reporting they do not have enough nursing staff to take care of the influx of COVID 19 patients. Others are traveling to other states to take advantage of the salary increases due the shortage.

The pandemic has left many nurses mentally and physically tired, and they have left the bedside and will not return regardless of what salary is offered. New graduates do not have the critical thinking or experience to manage these patients, but it will occur never the less.

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act, and the public option are more likely than other Americans to say that nurses and health care aides are underpaid and insurance executives are overpaid (Terry, 2021).

What do you say? I would love to hear from you.

Stay well, wash your hands and wear your mask.. your life may depend on it.

Reference

Terry. (2021). Poll Finds Most Americans Believe Nurses Are Underpaid. https://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/news/20210811/americans-say-nurses-underpaid.

Healthy Snacks….

A recent study funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities reported that children and adolescents in the US are consuming more processed food. It is not surprising that the childhood obesity rate has been steadily rising among US youths during the past two (2) decades as a result of excessive calorie consumption, and process food intake (Wang, Steele, Du, et al, 2021).

Everybody has a different opinion of what healthy foods should be.  Most nutritionist would agree, food that is low in salt (sodium), sugar (carbs) and high in fiber would meet the criteria of a healthy snack. It is true “you are what you eat” and the continual consumption of process food will determine your health status.

Although we all love the convenience and the taste, these foods are not good for regular consumption.  Process foods are high in carbs and sodium to ensure taste and shelf life.

It is your personal choice to maintain health and remain free of disease by the consumption of healthy foods and snacks.  It is cheaper and more filling to buy a happy meal than a head of lettuce, a tomato and a cucumber.

Choose wisely and eat well, and remember you are what you eat!!

Reference

Wang, Steele, Du, et al (2021). Trends in Consumption of Ultra-processed Foods Among US Youths Aged 2-19 Years, 1999-2018 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2782866?guestAccessKey

Infection 101

I was on a five hour flight this week, and the steward announced “the water was not working in the bathroom, but they had water-less soap and wipes to clean your hands.  Really, in a pandemic!  I would like to think safety and infection control would be a high priority in the airline business.   Some of the public have already shown they are not willing to wear a mask and/or utilize correct handwashing techniques. In fact, I saw a women walk out the bathroom at the airport without washing her hands.

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This is my cue to stay home until this pandemic is over.   When I booked this trip I was sure we would see a decrease in the infection rate, related to COVID 19.   Currently in the month of August, 2021, the United States, specifically Texas and Florida are seeing an increase in hospitalizations, especially with individuals who have not been vaccinated, including children.  

Government officials in these states are also passing laws to prevent school districts from issuing mask mandates. Sometimes you have to protect people from themselves, because they do not have all the facts, and or refuse to understand. It will be the survival of the fittest and it definitely does not have to end this way. 

Please stay well, wash your hands and wear a mask, you have nothing to lose but a life!

It’s Getting Complicated!

I was notified today that a colleague coded while at work. For those who are not in the health profession, a code is a life threatening event. He is currently in the intensive care unit and probably will not wake up. His children will have to make the dreaded decision about what to do next.

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When you hear about these things with a colleague, friend, relative or someone you know, it can be devastating. Death and illness reminds us that we are all human and frail, and how short life really is. Healthcare professions continue to give patients and their families extra care and concern, even when we know some illness could have been prevented.

We see patients at the most vulnerable times and can also rejoice with them in their wins. Caring for patients is getting so complicated and tiring at most during these times.

People do not want to take care of their health, and live in a preventative mode. They eat and drink too much, take drugs that they shouldn’t, and won’t take the drugs they should. It is quite frustrating. If something does not change, the healthcare you have grown accustomed to, may not be there when you need it. One hospital system in the area revealed they are in need of 140 nurses. Nurse vacancies impact the services a facility can provide to the public. Some hospital services will temporarily close and staff will be redistributed to meet the current need.

Many of you may not understand the impact of nurse vacancy rates until you have to utilize the healthcare system. Nurses are leaving the profession and graduate nurses can not meet the demand.

Please take care and do your part and stay well and healthy.

Urgent Care

I went to urgent care this week. I wanted to see my personal physician, but could not get an appointment, until the next week. I had an issue with my blood pressure, it was much higher than normal. I could not get it to normalized, and had blurred vision.

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The clerk at the Urgent Care Clinic, asked me what my issue was and she told me they can not do anything about it. She went on to say they were backed up and it would be 70 minutes before I could be seen. I leaned over and told her “you know people can have strokes because of a high blood pressure”. She asked me what was my blood pressure, I thought really. I told her and suggested she tell the nurse or the doctor. She said to have a seat! I told her I was going to my car.

I called a colleague to discuss this issue, because I was fuming, and could not continue to be upset. I did not want to go to the ED because of COVID issues. Dealing with ignorance and a health emergency can produce more stress and anxiety than needed.

Approximately 60 minutes later I received a called, and was told they were ready to see me. I asked if this was the clerk, and she replied yes, and I told her, I would not be coming in, I toke care of myself. She replied oh you went to the ER, I said no, but I am fine. I also told her she should not tell a patient what they need, before I could finish speaking to her, she hung up on me.

Everyone wants to be the expert! I was trying to remain calm to ensure I did not exacerbate my blood pressure. On another note, people with pets can get same day appointments when they have an emergency, but I digress.

I lived to tell about it and want to ensure that those that are in the healthcare profession treat all patients with respect. All though my encounter was not with a medical professional, this probably is not the first time this person has taken the liberty to triage patients for this clinic. This is a very dangerous practice, and next time I will go to the ED. The results could have been devastating for me.

Stay well!

Are Beets Good For You?

I have always hated beets, and I hear they are good for you. Lets review the benefits so we can increase our beet consumption.

Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) is a root vegetable also known as red beet, table beet, garden beet, or just beet.

Packed with essential nutrients, beetroots are a great source of fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C.

Beetroots and beetroot juice have been associated with numerous health benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance. Beetroots can lower blood pressure, which may lead to reduced risk of heart disease and other ailments. This root veggie can also improve oxygen use, stamina, and exercise performance.

Many of these benefits are due to their high content of inorganic nitrates.

Beetroots are delicious raw but more frequently cooked or pickled. Their leaves — known as beet greens — can also be eaten.

There are numerous types of beetroot, many of which are distinguished by their color — yellow, white, pink, or dark purple.

Now that you know the benefits of beets, I hope you can add them to your diet.

Reference

A. Bjarnadottir (2019) Beetroot 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/beetroot

COVID-19 IS ON THE RISE..

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COVID-19 is on the rise again with another new variant, lambda.   I am not surprised.   If a virus is not contained it will mutate and get stronger.   It has been reported that many of the new cases of COVID-19 admissions into the hospital are those who have not been vaccinated, and have the delta variant. 

Individuals who have been vaccinated and test positive for COVID-19 are experiencing few to no symptoms.  The disease is far worse than the side effects of the vaccine, and if they can not understand that, I have nothing else to say. 

The individuals who are pushing people not to get vaccinated have been required to be vaccinated by the companies they work for, so who knows why they are encouraging the public to be so contrary.   It is quite selfish to walk around without a mask exposing others.  It is your right to live your life as you please, but know, its my right to ensure I remain healthy and well.

I do not believe in begging informed adults to take care of their health when they have been exposed to all the pertinent information and are aware of the outcome. Just remember you were warned,  begged and bribed but you choose your fate.      

I will however pray for you that you have a positive outcome and live through the exposure of this deadly disease, and will not have to experience its wrath.  

Please know that the healthcare community is tired and if you feel that strongly about the issue, stay home and take care of yourself, we can use the break.  The nurses I have talked to, are bracing for a busy fall and winter because of stubborn citizens who refuse to heed to the warning. 

This is the 3rd week in July and we are seeing a spike in hospitalizations again!   A fellow nurse inspected a COVID-19 unit today and told me the patients were younger,  sicker and described them as gray in color and bloated.   She went on to say it was so sad, and she did not want to get COVID-19 and felt badly for anyone who did.

People disregard the threats of disease,  and other issues like climate change and war on the human condition.  We are all connected no matter what you look like, or where you live.  Life is fragile and apparently many have forgotten or do not care. These conditions can affect everyone’s life as we know it.  The things you argue about and care about will become a mute point.

So, at this moment we have a world pandemic to control.  Please do your part, continue to wash your hands, wear your mask and get vaccinated.  Your life may depend on it.

Stay Well!

AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE…

To achieve good health and wellness we as a society have accepted science and adopted many new habits and behaviors. As a result many things we take for granted are now common practice. These practices include hand washing, the use of antibiotics, knowing the risk of smoking, the use of anti-psychotics, radiology, immunizations, and Tylenol for pain or fever are just a few of modern technologies attributed to science. These few advances have changed our lives for the better, and are attributed to research.

According to Dr. Ni (2008) disease is disharmony in the body, and wellness medicine considers emotional well-being an essential indicator to health. To keep yourself free from disharmony in the body; it would be wise to monitor your emotional well-being. This means keeping stress to a minimum, which is easier said than done.

Stress comes in many forms, and many times it is self induced. We get upset about things that we can not control. We all hear and digest all types of information from family, friends and others that can make or upset your day. It is your choice how you deal with the information. It is so easy to internalize your stress, and when you do, it can cause disharmony in the body, leading to illness.

I thought I would never have an issue with stress, but I find I am internalizing my stress more than I use to. I feel more confined as an adult than I did as a child. Although I exercise more than most, I decided I have to find another outlet. I decided to delegate some of my activities. It sounds simple, but for those who have control issues, this simple act may cause you more stress to let go. You can do it, and you will be better for it. Try it, remember this life is a journey not a sprint and what you do not finish today, there is always tomorrow.

“Live in the moment, follow the golden rule, and treat others how you want to be treated, stay true to yourself and follow your moral compass”. We all have one. It is a sure way to reduce your stress and enhance your emotional well-being.

Stay Well!

Reference

Secrets of Self-Healing: Harness Nature’s Power to Heal Common Ailments, Boost Your Vitality,and Achieve Optimum Wellness

by Maoshing Ni

Dreams, the Stories and Images Created by the Mind..

We all dream. Dreams are stories and images that our mind create while we are asleep, and they only last between 5 to 20 minutes (Nichols, 2018). I can never remember my dreams, and can not tell you the last one I had. However, I can remember having recurrent dreams as a child. Some of my dreams were terrifying, and I would wake up exhausted from running all night. Dreams also can be exciting and fun, romantic and or strange.

Here are some facts about dreams.

  • Dreaming can help you learn and develop long-term memories.
  • Blind people dream more with other sensory components compared with sighted people.
  • Dreams may represent unconscious desires and wishes.
  • Dreams maybe used to consolidate and process information you gathered during the day.
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“Dreams can happen at any time during sleep. But you have your most vivid dreams during a phase called REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, when your brain is the most active. Some experts say we dream at least four to six times a night” (WebMD, 2019).

What kinds of dreams are you having? What are your dreams trying to tell you something? Sleep well and sweet dreams!

Reference

Nichols, H. (2018). What does it mean when we dream, Medical News Today. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/284378

WebMD, (2019). Dreams. https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/dreaming-overview#1

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